Early Wednesday morning, the Israeli military fired a surface-to-surface missile at a group of Palestinians that they claimed were launching a homemade shell from the northern Gaza Strip. The Islamic Jihad confirmed that one of its fighters had been killed by an Israeli missile and six had been injured, two of them critically.

According to Israeli Army Radio, several Palestinian shells were fired toward the Negev desert prior to the missile strike, with no injuries or damage reported. Over the last six years, 12 Israelis have been killed by Palestinian homemade shells. Israeli authorities use this as a justification for their ongoing occupation and attacks against the Palestinian people. In the last six years, Israeli forces have killed 4,765 Palestinians.

Israeli forces have killed nine Palestinians in the past several days.